Social Inclusion

Social Inclusion is increasingly being recognised as a key health and wellbeing issue, and the impacts of social exclusion (social isolation, lack of social connectedness, low social and civic trust, low civic participation, disaffection, and low social support), may be more harmful to health, both physical and mental, than smoking or obesity.

Social Inclusion is recognised as a significant local issue across the Inner East by community and women’s health, and local government. It was also recognised as one of three key social issues for the region by the Eastern Metropolitan Social Issues Council (EMSIC) in 2015.

The COVID -19 pandemic has impacted social inclusion. Whilst there have been some positives, such as new and increased online connections, limited capacity for us to get together, home schooling, limitations at work and uncertainties on many fronts have been challenging. This has demonstrated the importance of taking a dynamic approach to fostering social inclusion.

Some key areas of our work are:

 

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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